Never Ending #1

Never Ending #1

Writer: Adam Knave, D. J. Kirkbride Artist: Robert Love Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Fighting crime isn't superhero Charles Baxter's main problem—it's fighting time! Trapped for decades in a superpowered body that never ages but is now driving him insane, Chuck's only hope for a “permanent cure” is to team up with his archnemesis Archibald Crane. He just needs the evil scientist to stop hitting him first!

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Nov 29, 2013

    The themes and organization of the story make it worthwhile and seem unlike anything else, save some similarities to Watchmen. It's a fun read that you could definitely throw $4 at. I definitely enjoyed this comic enough to be along for the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Lawrence Arboleda Nov 27, 2013

    Given the credentials of the creators involved in the making of this comic, I read the issue with very high expectations. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. My only issue with it is that it relies too much on familiar tropes. There is, however, an emerging undercurrent of themes atypical of superhero stories that makes this a fresh and engaging read. Elegant yet fun writing combined with strong art makes this first issue deserving of your time and attention. It has certainly entertained me and I'll be more than happy to read the remaining two issues of this mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Zackery Cote Nov 27, 2013

    Overall, I think Never Ending is one of the better superhero comics I've read, mostly because of its well-executed approach. It plays on the conventions of the genre, rather than openly mocking or defying them, but uses them to tell a completely new story that is mostly about humanity and a bit of existential musings. It reminds me of some of Robert Sheckley's greatest science fiction short stories that are only science fiction in genre, but not necessarily in subject matter. Never Ending may be a superhero comic, but it's not a comic about superheroes; it's a comic about a man stuck in a complex and undesirable circumstance, a man who wants nothing more than to be in charge of his fate and live a happy, normal life. That's a theme that I can get behind because, ultimately, isn't that what everyone wants? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Nov 27, 2013

    With all the time jumping already happening, there is bound to be some twist and turns involved. I also think the lead, Charles is a very likable character. He is just down right cool first because he has powers. He knows a lot about life with living through tons of it. It also seems like he has a back story with his nation that should be interesting to read about. Being a superhero for his people for that long has got to a trying situation. So he will no doubt have light to shed on the current situation in everyday life. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Nov 27, 2013

    Never Ending has an intriguing premise and starts to gain a little steam in the final few pages, but it's a pretty average story for the most part. Immortality and a hero looking for an end is common fare, so hopefully Never Ending starts to amp things up in the remaining two issues. There's enough here to warrant a return though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Dec 2, 2013

    Never Ending offers a different story but it is nothing new. After a solid introduction to a new character you end up feeling nothing for him. Maybe further issues will make him more interesting but right now all we have to work from is an autobiography that is as clich as the abilities given to him by the meteor. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 2, 2013

    "Never Ending" #1 has some real promise, and I hope that the remaining two issues pull everything together well. But with some strange pacing and uneven art, right now it doesn't feel like it's quite polished. I'll take another glance, but for the moment I feel like this comic won't have the time necessary to hit its full potential. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Big Comic Page - David McIntyre Nov 26, 2013

    Underneath this first issue there is a good writing team, seemingly waiting for the right story to tell. This is not that story. At least, not yet. The quality ofthe dialogue and the competency of the narrative will have me checking out the second issue of this three issue miniseries but my bar of expectation is set very low indeed. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Jaden LeBel Nov 27, 2013

    This comic is actually a lot of fun to make fun of, so if you're looking for good laughs or an example of how not make a comic than by all means go pick up Never Ending #1. It won't disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 26, 2013

    Dark Horse has had a few noteworthy superhero outings lately but Never Ending isn't one. Its core concept is weak because we've been down this road before. We've had our heroes face these problems before. Knave and Kirkbride don't bring anything new or, at the very least interesting, to the table. They're working in analogs without delivering on the nuance that might make us care about characters that we don't already know. It's fitting that Baxter's superhero name is "Chuck," because this book feels like just another disposable, forgettable entry in the superhero genre. Read Full Review

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